Vice-Admiral Edmond Rollo MAINGUY, OBE, CD

Vice-Admiral Edmond Rollo MAINGUY, OBE, CD

Vice-Admiral Edmond Rollo MAINGUY, OBE, CD

Vice-Admiral Mainguy joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1915 attending the Royal Naval College of Canada (RNCC).  From 1915 until 1920 he conducted his training with the Royal Navy (RN) in HM Ships Canada, Barham and Calliope, and with the RCN in HMC Ships Aurora and Patriot.  In 1923 he specialized in signals, attending the RN Long Signals Course at HMS Victory, followed by appointments to HMCS Naden in Victoria, BC, and Naval Headquarters (NHQ) in Ottawa.  In 1928 he served as Flag Lieutenant to the RN Rear-Admiral Commanding First Cruiser Squadron in the cruiser HMS Frobisher.  In 1930 he returned to Canada as the Flag Lieutenant (Communications Officer) in HMCS Vancouver, and in 1931 on the staff of the RN Commander American and West Indies Station, followed in 1932 by an appointment to NHQ as Signals and W/T Officer and Staff Officer Intelligence.  In 1934 he returned to Halifax as the First Lieutenant (Executive Officer) in the destroyer HMCS Saguenay and Signals Officer for the East Coast.  In 1936 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Vancouver and was promoted to Commander later that year.  In 1937 he was appointed to NHQ as the Director Naval Reserves and subsequently attended the RN Staff College Course in 1939.  Later that year he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Assiniboine, and in 1940 command of the destroyer HMCS Ottawa.  On promotion to Captain in 1941 he was appointed Captain (D) Halifax and then Captain (D) Newfoundland.  In 1942 he was appointed Commodore Commanding Newfoundland Force (CCNF), as an acting Commodore First Class, and later that year returned to Naval Service Headquarters (NSHQ) as a Captain as Chief of Naval Personnel.  In 1944 he assumed command of the cruiser HMCS Uganda, and in 1946 on promotion to Commodore was appointed Commanding Officer Pacific Coast, as an acting Rear-Admiral.  Promoted to substantive Rear-Admiral in 1947, he was appointed Flag Officer Atlantic Coast in 1948.

Upon promotion to his current rank in 1951, Vice-Admiral Mainguy returned to NSHQ in Ottawa as the Chief of the Naval Staff, in which position he served until his retirement in 1956.  He died 29 April 1979.